Warm weather brings more ticks

(WEAU) - "He was sitting on my lap and I thought it was just a little flick of a wood chip," said Debby Gravunder who lives in Rice Lake.

It turns out, what Debby Gravunder thought was a woodchip, was actually alive.

"Next thing you know I could feel something so lightly and looked and here it was a tick, it was the thing I picked off him was now crawling on my hand and it was a deer tick," said Debby.

5-year-old Jack, a Jack Russell Terrier has encountered ticks before, but was bitten by one just 3 weeks ago.

The dog was diagnosed with Lyme disease 2 and half years ago.

The Chippewa County Department of Public Health says warm weather brings out the ticks.

It's had 3-cases of tick bites already.

"We've had a couple more cases this year than we've had in the last two years we had one in 2010, and one in 2011, we know ticks become active once the snow disappears,” said Jean Durch of the Chippewa County Department of Public Health.

"We usually don't see the deer tick be out as early as we have this year basically because of the warmer temperatures," said Jerry Clark of the UW Extension.

Lyme disease can be a problem for dogs and wildlife as well as people.

"Typically they feed as a smaller tick or a mite during the fall and over winter, and in that second year is when their typically an aggressive feeder," said Jerry.

The Chippewa County Public Health Department and the UW Extension says that you can actually prevent Lyme disease by wearing longer sleeves and lighter clothing.

"The important thing to note is if someone has a tick bite or they discover a tick that has bitten them to watch themselves for symptoms, do they get a bulls eye red rash around where the bite was," said Jean.

Debby says she and her husband now check Jack for ticks every time he goes into the house.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Eau Claire on Apr 5, 2012 at 09:16 PM
    I purchased a fifty pound bag of food grade diatomaceous earth (for around $25)from the local feed mill, and plan to dust the area outside where my dog frequents. I also plan to dust along the foundation of my home. Diatomaceous Earth is non-toxic (in fact it is edible) and works by piercing the exoskeleton of insects so they literally dehydrate and die. You should wear a mask while dusting with this, as any dust is not good to breathe. Research food grade D.E. and it might work for you too as an additional piece in the arsenal against unwanted ticks and other pests.
  • by Rutiger Location: here on Apr 4, 2012 at 05:19 AM
    This is sensationalism. Every spring this happens. It seems they are alluding that the warmth causes ticks, well then shouldn't Florida to Texas be just covered with them?
  • by Frances Location: Tomah on Apr 3, 2012 at 05:10 PM
    My dog and I go for a walk everyday. I have found 2 ticks on me and 4 on him. Not all in one day. He has frontline on him. I have pulled 3 off him that were already stuck. The Frontline isn't working very good. Both of us have had lyme disease. Nasty stuff. Our walks are just down a blacktop road. I could see this many ticks if we were walking in tall grass, but we aren't.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 at 05:03 PM
    We've used Frontline on our dog for nine years with great success. We didn't realize the ticks were out so early this year and we ended up pulling over a dozen off her after a trip through the woods a couple of weeks ago. After applying the Frontline we found a few more dead ticks that had died and fallen off. I highly recommend it.
  • by Get one step ahead of 'em! Location: Eau Claire on Apr 3, 2012 at 04:11 PM
    I know this doesn't help for when going on walks, but there are things you can do to rid your dog's outdoor area of ticks. There are many plants that are great for deterring ticks. For example, sedums will deter ticks for quite some distance. It's a great way to make your yard a safe place for kids and pets that is tick-free!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 at 09:21 PM in reply to Get one step ahead of 'em!
      We do that, too! Lavender and sedum - haven't had a tick in our yard for over ten years!
  • by dogowner on Apr 3, 2012 at 04:04 PM
    We found our first tick o our dog last thursday. We dont use flea collars theyre useless. Weve stopped our dogs from getting ticks and fleas by spreading the bagged tick/flea killer directly to the lawn and other areas our dogs like to go in the yard which has been VERY effective for years now of use.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 at 06:49 PM in reply to dogowner
      Would love to know ideas of how to keep ticks out of my grass. I already do frontline on my dogs as well as vax them for lyme.
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